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Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad

Address: 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036
Phone Number: 515-432-4249
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Boone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Outdoors
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Outdoors

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Boca Raton, Florida
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415 reviews 415 reviews
210 attraction reviews
349 helpful votes 349 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took the steam engine train on a Saturday. The engine was acquired from China and is the last steam engine produced by the factory there in Datong, China. The route is a round-trip lasting about an hour and three-quarters. The price for us was $20 apiece. A fun ride.

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beaman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We went on the Santa express. My girls had a very magical time. I highly recommend taking your kids on this ride.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The dinner train is a perfect couples event to enjoy the historical significance of trains and the history of the area. The staff is very informative and open to all questions. It is the perfect length of trip to see amazing views and of course take in the bridge! The meal was delicious and the serve staff was very friendly... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We came there this last weekend and did the Santa Express. Our kids really enjoyed themselves even our one year old didn't get too antsy.. Riding the train was neat. The scenery was amazing I'm sure it would look better summer/fall time. All I can say is unlock more doors for better access of entering and exiting the building.

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Merriam, Kansas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were a little early for fall leaves, but even so we enjoyed this ride in an old-fashioned rail car. The Saturday trains are pulled by a steam locomotive, which 'blows off steam' at the trestle bridge - treating us to a nice rainbow! I wouldn't dare take a teen on this ride - they'd miss the point. But young... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a unique attraction. I choose the First Class Bi-Level Car and sat on the upper level. The view over the bridges and river is amazing.Leaves are changing and the pics came out great. The crew was friendly but they need to be more organized. Boarding is a little confusing as to your car choice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with the dinner train. There were only two views. Going over the bridge and river. The rest of the time you spend looking at overgrown brush and dirt enbankment. The train creeps along at 10mph. The cars sway horribly left and right to the point where you can't stand and your drink glasses... More 

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Groveland, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Took this train ride many times great scenic route. Friendly crew.. The dinner train is wonderful.. the train ride takes you over the valley and the river......

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This nostalgic train ride reminds everyone of what travel was like at the turn of the century. The rails run along the river and through wooded areas from Boone to different small towns depending upon the day and purpose. The day we rode the snack car was not open but the ride was a short one and we chose to... More 

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West Des Moines, IA
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65 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My two year old is hooked on Thomas so when grampa saw a commercial for this event he took care of it. Us 3 boys went up to Boone and had a good afternoon. The main attraction was a train ride on a train where the engine was made up just like Thomas. The ride itself was slow and only... More 

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